Walk: Whale of a time at Bow Fiddle Rock
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Bow Fiddle Rock is one of the highlights of the magnificent Moray coastline. The huge stack is connected to another by a sloping rock arch, with the resulting sculpture variously described as a sinking ship, bow and fiddle or a whale's tail. If the latter, then the other end of the mammal is at the Whale's Mouth - an aptly-named, gaping hole of a cave / arch just to the south. This coastal walk visits both with an inland railway line creating a brilliant circular walk. Starting in smaller Portknockie enables a mid-trip visit to The Ice Cream Shop in Cullen (reputedly Scotland's best). Don't forget to visit the picturesque harbours in both villages.
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📌 Walk: Whale of a time at Bow Fiddle Rock ★★★★☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 90 metres
Points of interest: Portknockie (village, harbour); Cullen (viaduct, village, harbour, beach); Whale's Mouth arch; Bow Fiddle Rock
Start / finish: Street parking on Bridge Street, Portknockie, G.R.: NJ 490684 ///shipped.thickens.earful
Route: Start - Cullen viaduct - Cullen - Cullen Sands - Whale's Mouth arch - Bow Fiddle Rock - Portknockie harbour - Portknockie - start. Outward path closed due to landslips at time of update (autumn 2018) - you can still walk the most interesting section by using the return route in both directions.
Terrain: Surfaced railway bed for outward leg; sandy beach then clear but rough coastal path for return.
Wildlife today: Shags, other seabirds, stonechats.
Weather today: Warm sunshine and little wind despite fog over the rest of NE Scotland - that's the Moray microclimate for you!
>> Cullen page: Cullen ★★★☆☆; Cullen Bay ★★★☆☆
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)